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San Diego-Based USS Warrior Arrives In Japan To Replace Guardian

The USS Warrior, which until now has been homeported in San Diego, arrived in Japan on Wednesday to replace the USS Guardian, according to the Guardian's Facebook page.

The Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in January, and the ship is currently being dismantled piece by piece to safely remove it from the reef.

The crew of the Guardian will take over the Warrior, which will now be forward ...

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Navy Relieves 4 USS Guardian Officers After Grounding

The Navy announced today it has relieved four officers from the former USS Guardian - including the commanding officer - in response to the ship's grounding on the environmentally-sensitive Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines.

According to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Fleet provided to the Associated Press:

[I]nitial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding ...

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Clues Emerge As To Why USS Guardian Ran Aground

The coral reef on which the USS Guardian ran aground on January 17 was misplaced by eight nautical miles on a digital chart used by the Guardian crew for navigation, according to the Navy Times, and this error may have been "a significant factor" in the accident.

In addition, the Navy Times reports:

As of Jan. 18, Navy ships have been directed to “operate with caution” when using similar electronic ...

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